Jamestown man charged with armed robbery

JAMESTOWN – A 23-year-old Jamestown man was charged Thursday after an investigation linked him to last week’s armed robberies in the city.

Thomas E. Lawson was charged with two counts of first-degree armed robbery for his involvement in the armed robberies at the North Main Street 7-Eleven on March 24 and the South Main Street CVS on March 26.

“It all came down to tips from the public,” said Captain Robert F. Samuelson, division commander of the Jamestown Police Department.

In particular, it was Lawson’s sweatshirt, captured on surveillance video reading “Tailgate Party,” that led to a tip pointing toward Lawson and his 29 N. Main St. business, Vans Texas Hots.

Investigators, after locating and questioning Lawson at the business, attained a search warrant and found stolen items from the CVS robbery in the basement. These items included prescription pill bottles, pills, opiate products and cigarettes.

Lawson was taken into custody without incident.

According to Samuelson, investigators have several leads for the second suspect involved in the CVS robbery and that an acquaintance of Lawson is a suspected person-of-interest.

A third robbery that occurred at the East Second Street 7-Eleven on April 1 is not believed to be connected with the other two robberies, police said. The suspect in the April 1 robbery is still at large, and is described as a 6-foot to 6-foot-2-inch black man with a thin build.

Anyone with information on any suspects at large is asked to contact the Jamestown Police Department at 483-7531 or leave an anonymous tip at 483-Tips (8477). All calls will be kept confidential.